LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Rio Grande senior volleyball standouts Erin Sherman and Whitney Smith were among those named to the All-Mid-South Conference team.
The announcement came on Thursday night at the league’s annual awards banquet.
Sherman, a middle blocker from South Webster, Ohio, leads the league in both hitting percentage (.390) and blocks (108), while ranking 11th in kills (289). Smith, an outside hitter from Albany, Ohio, is second among the MSC leaders in kills (383), fourth in hitting percentage (.340) and 14th in digs (299).
Despite finishing third in the final MSC regular season standings, Sherman and Smith were the RedStorm’s only honorees on the 14-player first team and the 14-player honorable mention list. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Georgetown College’s Rachel Eubanks and coach Nick Griffin, Lindsey Wilson College’s Courtney Doyle and University of the Cumberlands’ Abigail Dundon headlined the list of winners.
Eubanks was selected Player of the Year and Griffin was picked by his peers as the MSC Coach of the Year. The duo led Georgetown to a 31-3 regular season and a perfect 15-0 mark in MSC play.
The Tigers are the top-seed in this weekend’s conference tournament at the MidAmerican Sports Center in Louisville.
Eubanks ranked in the conference’s top-10 in three statistical categories during the season, including fourth in kills per set (3.1) and fifth in kills (347). She was ninth in hitting percentage (.293). Eubanks earned Mid-South Conference Player of the Week twice during the season.
Griffin earns his second MSC Coach of the Year award after leading the Tigers to 2012 regular season crown. He was also the 2009 conference coach of the year.
Doyle was picked as the Freshman of the Year after helping the Blue Raiders to a 25-12 overall record and a 12-3 conference mark. Doyle was third in the MSC this season in kills (372) and kills per set (3.4).
Dundon was selected as the Mid-South Conference Volleyball Champions of Character recipient. She earned the award based on her academic and athletic achievement, campus and community leadership, future ambition and demonstration of five core character values of the NAIA.
Joining Sherman, Smith, Eubanks and Doyle on the first team were Georgetown’s Caraline Maher and Allyson Wilbourn; Lindsey Wilson’s Sarah Anderson and Andrea Taylor; Campbellsville’s Rinata Aisena, Laura DeGear and Kelly Moyer; Shawnee State’s Kirsti Yates and Alex Pohl; and Stacey Sebald of the University of the Cumberlands.